Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter

2150 AD - And Harry's Life Just Got More Complicated

Fiction - Science Fiction
217 Pages
Reviewed on 12/02/2015
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Author Biography

I have been interested in science fiction and space travel since a young boy. Growing up with the Apollo moon missions helped I suppose. In school, when asked to write fiction during English class, it was always science fiction for me. I never considered writing anything else. Fiction can take you anywhere, the limit is your imagination, but science fiction can take you so much further. To the stars and back!

I first took up the pen to write seriously in my early 20's, and wrote scores of short stories, one of which was publish in a local newsletter. I am originally from the UK, having emigrated to Australia's Gold Coast in 2007 with my wife and two children.

I write whenever I can, and do not believe in writer's block. I write anything, even a shopping list! Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter, is my current novel, and I'm hard at work on the follow up, as well as a collection of short stories. So stay tuned.

I love to write, but just as important to me is the feedback I receive from my readers. I am always available to answer any questions, so feel free to ask anything, or even post a review, good or bad!

My best wishes

Rob Guy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Raanan Geberer for Readers' Favorite

In Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter: 2150 AD - And Harry's Life Just Got More Complicated, Rob Guy combines old-fashioned detective thrillers a la Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett with futuristic science fiction—and it works! As the title indicates, Watt is a “fugitive recovery agent,” or bounty hunter. He was with the “Bureau,” which is apparently similar to our FBI, for many years, but was forced to resign when framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Watt is charged with bringing a famous, missing hydrologist back from Mars. He thinks there’s something fishy about the case, so instead he goes to Venus, intending to go to Mars soon afterward. While on Venus, he also tries to track down the killer of the man who had been his partner in the Bureau. Along the way, he encounters several women, a talking parrot and more, and finds himself in many bizarre situations.

Rob Guy isn’t just a straight narrative writer, he’s also a humorist. This can be seen in the names of some of his characters, such as “Raquel Belch” and “Judge Headlock.” Guy’s futuristic technology, such as a “face changer” that can alter someone’s facial features to look like someone else, is also very innovative. Metaphysics also enters the picture – Harry constantly has conversations with his dead partner, Larry, who at times can also be seen by others. The book is very well-written, without a lot of unnecessary detail. In addition, while of course there is some violence, Guy doesn’t focus on the gory details. All in all, Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter is a very entertaining little book that will appeal to fans of detective novels and science fiction alike.

Valerie Rouse

Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter is a fast paced novel about a serious bounty hunter by the name of Harry Watt. The story is set in the year 2150 AD. Harry lives in New New Orleans. His current assignment is to locate Petersen, a hydrologist who stole a sum of money. Harry’s employer, Judge Headlock, is paying top dollar to find Petersen. Harry soon discovers that this is not an ordinary search and find job. Apparently, Petersen had forged a deal with the council on Mars. Mars would supply Petersen with water for his project for a specific period. However, when the population grew on Mars, the council backed out of the deal. Harry was forced to travel between Venus and Mars so he could solve this dilemma.

Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter is an interesting novel. As a reader, you completely forget that the plot is set in intergalactic space. Author Rob Guy did an excellent job in providing his readers with an intriguing storyline. The pervading theme of good versus evil is evident. I love the fact that the main character gets along with persons from different planets. This also demonstrates his drive and tenacity. He does what is necessary to achieve his objectives, an admirable trait. This interplay between characters of different galaxies is an important feature. It implies that as human beings on one planet we should be able to communicate effectively among ourselves. The language used is semi formal. The chapters are numerous, however, the intriguing plot distracts you from noticing this fact. The element of romance is a welcome distraction and helps to create a realistic view of the hero. Overall, this book is very entertaining and I recommend it to all lovers of science fiction.

Tracy A. Fischer

In an exciting and thrilling new read from author Rob Guy, Harry Watt: Bounty Hunter, 2150 A.D. - And Harry's Life Just Got More Complicated, readers will be introduced to the highly interesting and complicated world of our protagonist Harry Watt. Harry has been sent by his boss and enemy to find the best hydrologist on Earth, who has also absconded after stealing some company funds. Harry sets off for Mars on a new ship, but soon realizes things are not quite what they seemed. He has to make a stop in Venus, and soon finds himself framed for murder. With the help of his friends, both dead and alive, Harry rips through the solar system, trying to avert a Martian civil war, earn a few points, and oh yeah, just survive.

I so enjoyed Harry Watt: Bounty Hunter, 2150 A.D. - And Harry's Life Just Got More Complicated. This story sucked me in from the first page and kept me obsessively turning the pages all the way until the very last. Author Rob Guy has done a fantastic job in creating characters that his readers will relate to and connect with, not always an easy feat in a work of science fiction. His world creating abilities are simply second to none. Readers who enjoy science fiction, space adventures, a thrilling read, or just a great book in general should absolutely read this book. I highly recommend this book, and am very much looking forward to reading more from author Rob Guy in the very near future!

Rabia Tanveer

Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter: 2150 AD - And Harry's Life Just Got More Complicated by Rob Guy is a futuristic novel that takes us to a time when things are quite different, but human nature has not changed. Harry Watt is not your usual bounty hunter. He has his own opinions and he is not afraid to share them. He does not take orders really well and his sarcasm is out of this world.

Harry Watt thought it would be a simple job when Judge Headlock hired him to find a hydrologist who had embezzled a lot of money, had run away from Earth and was hiding on Mars. It is Harry’s job to find him and bring him back. But Harry does not know that he is walking into a trap. He has to go to Venus and then Mars and find a way to solve the case while he is being framed for a murder he did not do.

What can I say? I was fully prepared to expect too much from this novel and get nothing in return. Boy, was I surprised. This novel is a must-have for people who like a mish-mash of genres and love a hero who has sarcasm ingrained in his system. The relationship between him and his partner was hysterical. I loved their banter and I enjoyed the way these two pushed and pulled each other. All in all, this is a great adventure that you will love; it will have you laughing out loud.

Ray Simmons

Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter by Rob Guy is an entertaining mix of two very popular genres. It is in my opinion, first and foremost a detective novel. Harry calls himself a Bounty Hunter, and indeed, the mission of this case is to bring the bad guy in for justice. But it’s obvious from the start that Harry is more interested in solving mysteries than collecting rewards, which is why he goes to Venus first instead of Mars where the fugitive is supposed to be. Speaking of Venus and Mars, this brings us to the second genre in this mix; science fiction. I can’t recall seeing this particular mix of genres much and I read a lot of detective thrillers and science fiction tales. Rob Guy makes this mix work.

Harry Watt starts out like a classic detective story from the pulp fiction era and Harry is a classic detective, except this story takes place in 2150 AD and Harry’s dead partner is a friendly ghost who helps him out with cases. These cases happen to take Harry all over the solar system. Rob Guy makes this mix work well with two essential tools. Interesting characters and a lot of humor. Harry is funny, he loves the ladies, and he is a magnet for interesting people who made me laugh at every page. This kept me turning pages as I wondered how this easily distracted detective would make out. It was a funny, interesting story that will keep readers laughing and guessing. Read how Harry's partner died. Harry's life is complicated indeed.